Bang at it
Bangladesh might have been a bit too Tiger-ish. After gorging on big sport — South Africa — in their first outing, their bellies were complete. Sure, they weren’t pleased and even though they swatted a paw today and then against the previous four, they did not have the nous to take down another scalp.
Against Pakistan they won’t think success would be considered a jolt. It’s the norm. Bangladesh have won the previous four and though it might be easy to worry if they will be straining every sinew, one just needs to have a fundamental comprehension of the history of the two teams to reckon they will be’at it’.
There are no shortage of gun players. Shakib-al-Hasan, the participant of the tournament, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin have enhanced their reputations.
Saifuddin, who has been excellent with all the chunk, boshed an unbeaten 51 against India at a gutsy Bangladesh show on Tuesday. The balance of the XI was eye-catching with Mashrafe Mortaza batting at No 9.
Pakistan may well feel aggrieved they have not made it into the semi-finals. They beat England, who seem to be running into form at exactly the ideal time, and New Zealand, who have pipped them on net run rate. Their washed-out clash against South Africa likely robbed them of maximum points, also.
Given New Zealand’s pathetic efforts when they have come up against groups of note, it is not unfair to wish that it was the guys in green who had been advancing. Sure, they are sometimes chaotic but that’s precisely why you would want them there. Who knows what they might have pulled out of the hat?
The remember of Shaheen Afridi is a good illustration. Maybe if he was enjoying from ball one they would not have missed out. Afridi has taken ten wickets in four games.Lord’s wicket a little tricky
Here are the last 17 first-innings scores at Lord (1/2 denotes game won by side batting second or first ): 243-1/285-1/322-1/308-1/153-2/328-1/251-1/309-1/300-1/227-2/220-2/272-2/280-1/246-2/265-1/277-1/235-2. As you can see there is a trend — the side batting first is going to have to at least post 280. Australia razed New Zealand with a lowly 243 but it is very much par for the course the New Zealanders fear when they’re about to beat their old rivals. The 285 by Australia against England was more instructive. At the break it looked somewhat mild but the wicket does not play accurate and can hold up.
Cost about Tigers
After Pakistan beat New Zealand an older buddy on Twitter requested: how do you predict what Pakistan will do?
It is pretty easy: not bet them when they are odds on. So we’ll be giving them a wide berth at no better than 1.57. The 2.66 about Bangladesh is disrespectful given their head-to-head edge.
That wobble against Afghanistan by Pakistan hints at complacency if Pakistan imagine things will be simple. Fingers crossed that they’re either smarting concerning the departure, assessing flight times or thinking they are superior.
Imam worth another follow
Shakib is, unsurprisingly, the hot favorite at 5/2 with Sportsbook for best Bangladesh honours. On two-year data he shouldn’t be as short but it is hard to take him on. We’ve got a soft spot for Mushfiqur. For Pakistan, Imam-ul-Haq’s price is up and down. As 11/4 jolly he had been rated against Afghanistan. Following that failure he’s out high 9/2 having been consistent at 7/2. He has a 35% win rate available on the market on two-year shape. For top Pakistan bowler, Afridi gave us a wonderful winner in that game. With a 31% gain rate if you’re able to get 5/2 or better it’s a wager.
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